Daisuke's stepping stone in 2011-2012 season
Mark interviewed Daisuke TAKAHASI @ Skate Canada 2011.
English/Japanese text by AIKO SHIMAZU 島津愛子
Oct. 30, 2011 @ Skate Canada

高橋大輔 Daisuke Takahashi  Gregg Vereb
2011-2012FS"Blues for Klook" @ Skate Canada

☞ in Japanese

JS: Tell us about your training in France this summer with Olivier.

DT: For 4 hours per day, mainly I had worked with Olivier(Schoenfelder), on my skating skills. I had skating skill practices, and also, it had been checked by him in run-throughs, for 2 weeks. In the camp, I took dance sessions and strengthening, as well. …something like that? so satisfied with the days in Lyon!

JS: At Friends on Ice (an annual ice show produced by Shizuka ARAKAWA), you mentioned that you "loved Olivier's skating". What do you like so much about it?

DT: I'm amazed at what he has done on the ice, "Such a tall man can glide on such a deep edge? How deeply he can bend!" His knee utility, his skating skill I love.

JS: How was life for "a Japanese in Lyon"?

DT: My skating club friend in Japan, also had trained there, so, actually 2 Japanese had enjoyed Lyon after trainings. Going out to the town, and we lit a candle in a famous church, so "my dreams come true!" - I heard that. (smiles)

JS: Definitely!

JS: Could you explain about your right knee surgery and its condition at this moment? (Daisuke has had two surgeries: in the 2008-2009 season, and this summer.)

DT: This surgery, the bolt was taken off. So, just okay. But I feel that I still haven't good response from my right foot, as same as in my best seasons before this injury. But I should have my prepared body, so I must train enough.

JS: Could you tell us about your programs this season?

SP "In the Garden of Souls" choreographed by David Wilson
DT: I really love David's choreography, so far! I had been keen for collaboration with him to happen, "I want his program!" for 4 years! Then it happened to me at last. Even more happened to me, than I expected… he gave me such a program, really appreciated. I love this kind of music so much, it fits me so much, the moves charms so much… Though it hasn't worked so much now, I expect of its progress, hope to make its way.

高橋大輔 Daisuke Takahashi  Japan Sports
2011-2012SP"In the Garden of Souls" @ Friends On Ice

FS "Blues for Klook" by Pasquale Camerlengo
DT: I have worked with Pasquale for 4 seasons. He picked this finally. For me, it's so hard to fit… I didn't choose this kind of music, but I did want to flip my appearance, then he "bet this will make it happen!" …Blues, it makes me a bit blue. (smiles) Yet, people say "Good program!" - good response I have, now I must be confident, to make it happen with good performance.

EX "The Crisis" by Kenji Miyamoto
DT: "Skating Skill Suite" program I would like to have, we made this last season. Then we remade to fit this season. It rinses my soul, even when I perform by myself, such a program. I hope it will nourish crowds, for a moment relief from the hardness. I have tried to fill relief into my soul, onto the ice.

JS: Beautiful, thank you!

Daisuke TAKAHASHI 高橋大輔  Paja
2011-2012EX"The Crisis"

JS: Daisuke, how you do feel your maturity in life - getting older, having new experiences - relates to your skating and performances?

DT: I need more preparations, as well as body care enough… (smiles) than when I was the liveliest. Now I need such liveliness! However, I know myself and my condition better, to dedicate myself with sincerity, I guess. You can't make your performance, unless you know yourself. Though, I don't know "what the matured performance is".

JS: You were quoted as saying "These three seasons before Sochi would be miserable for me," yet, you've declared that you will continue to Sochi, in such a determined way - that truly inspires us! What makes you so determined?

DT: I had miserable Worlds in Moscow last season, it refreshed me completely! As Young and advanced skaters we have in our team for now, I'm not sure if I could make an Olympic team. So I'm given a new motivation, "How do I compete with them these 3 seasons?" Youth may dominate to sweep me away (smiles), but I enjoy myself in competing, "What placement will I get to, 3 years later?" I have tried new refinements, glowing with expectation! …It could be miserable, indeed, but it's worth a try. Then you would be satisfied with your effort. Much more important 3 seasons to go there, it means a lot to my life, - that I really know, so I could be determined.

JS: That's great! Thank you.

高橋大輔 Daisuke Takahashi  Japan Sports
2010-2011FS"Invierno Porteno" @ All-Japan

JS: Japan Skates always asks this question: What was the funniest gift ever thrown onto the ice for you?

DT: It's hard to say… I'm not sure if I could say, but… "T-back (thong)"! (laughs)

(everyone there laughs)

JS: That's the same answer as Nobu(Nobunari ODA)'s, and Ryo(SHIBATA)'s!

DT: (laughs) (in English:) "…but, not sexy one! A NORMAL T-back!"

JS: (laughs) Good!

JS: And, the most beautiful gift?

DT: My pictures: paintings,drawings,illustrations… and ornaments.

JS: Those are nice.

DT: (laughs)

JS: As we say goodbye, please leave a message for your readers at Japan Skates.

☞ Daisuke Takahashi @ Skate Canada on October 30, 2011

Hi! I'm Daisuke Takahashi. I continue competing to Sochi! - that's confirmed! You know so many young skaters are rising from Japan now, I'm not sure if I could make my way, but I have tried to do as much as possible for 3 seasons. So, you all, please stay in touch with me!

Japan Skates would like to dedicate an article, in order to remember the disasters, remember the people who are still suffering from the disasters. We asked Japanese skaters to give their thoughts and to show their feelings on every single topic about it, and also we keep video massages from them.

Yuzuru HANYU 羽生結弦, Daisuke TAKAHASHI, Shizuka ARAKAWA 荒川静香, Nobunari ODA 織田信成, Fumie SUGURI 村主章枝  Paja
Yuzuru, Daisuke, Shizuka, Nobu, Fumie

+++ Daisuke TAKAHASHI 高橋大輔選手 +++

- 2010 World Championships Gold medalist, 2010 Vancouver Olympics Bronze medalist -

JS: Daisuke, you took action immediately after the disaster, to present "The Charity Show" (in Kansai, the disaster area of Hanshin-Awaji earthquake in 1995). Tell us how it went, and your thoughts on Disaster-Relief.

DT: I was not sure if Worlds could be held or not, but I figured out "what I can do right now", then we planned to do it. You know we have Worlds every year, "So, I should execute what I can do for it." such emotion made me to move so quickly. As an individual, I would like to donate or do what I can give in daily life. As a Figure Skater, I wish the skaters could get united to work on something to help people, as much as possible, with our skating. I supposed so. Thanks to a lot support, we could make it happen, "The Charity Show". A lot crowds gave us their affections, there was so warm atmosphere, we really appreciate that. No one can figure out how many years to recover, so I would like to continue united so long. I'm not sure if I could give my performance every charity show, but I hope I can as much as possible. I believe one step can link to the next step, that means a stepping stone to our future.

☞ Daisuke Takahashi "charity message" @ Skate Canada on October 30, 2011

Hi there, I'm Daisuke Takahashi. I would like to continue working on Disaster-Relief, what I can do in daily life as a skater, as an individual, as well. And, you all, please donate to help them!

Remember, we can donate to "Tohoku" by March 31th, 2012.
International Federation of Red Cross has located Online Donation page:

☞ "Remember" Shizuka ARAKAWA - Nobunari ODA - Fumie SUGURI - Yuzuru HANYU